Starting this week, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be making several traffic changes in Northwest Lubbock. The changes will take place on Loop 289 as major construction at Quaker Avenue and Erskine will begin.

Starting tomorrow, Dec. 5, crews will begin the process of switching the outside frontage road, between Quaker and Erskine from two-way to one-way access. This will make the road southbound only and removal of the traffic signals at the intersection will be removed. All-way stop signs will be in place during construction.

All of Quaker Avenue/TTU Parkway traffic, under the Quaker bridge, will be reduced to one-lane of traffic in each direction and shifted on to the northbound lanes.

Also, Erskine, west of Loop 289, will be closed to all traffic from the frontage road to Salem Avenue. Erskine motorists should use Slide Road to connect with Loop 289.

Work crews will shift southbound Loop traffic onto the northbound side of the roadway, from just east of Quaker Avenue to Slide Road. The switch will reduce main lane Loop 289 traffic to one-lane in each direction. Motorists on the Loop needing to access Slide Road or 4th Street/FM 2255 will need to use the Quaker Avenue exit.

The work is part of project that will make $26.9 million in improvements to the Quaker/Erskine interchange on northwest Loop 289. The state-funded project will widen the Loop, from Slide to one mile east of Quaker Avenue from four lanes to six and rebuild the frontage roads along the Loop.

Additionally, Erskine will be extended under the Loop 289 bridge to connect with TTU Parkway.